That was America

Back home after two weeks of travelling around parts of the East Coast of the USA, which went a bit like this… We flew in to Stewart International Airport (courtesy of Norwegian Airlines who we recommend) we picked up our hire car and headed up to Framingham, just outside Boston. The following day we spent wandering round the gorgeous city of Boston, doing nothing much except enjoying the sights and sounds of a new city. It really is a lovely place to stroll around, with a nice mix of old and new buildings and areas. Thankfully it was a little overcast, perfect for a day of walking around being a tourist. My second visit to Boston and I think it …

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Holidays are coming

The flights are booked, I’ve already got my packing list started, and we’re sorting out what things we might do when we get there. We fly in to New York, and then drive up to Boston for a day or so. Then we have a couple of days to pootle around Cape Cod, Providence, Hartford et al, before we head for Manhattan. A few days in the big apple and then on to Staten Island (for a wedding). So far we’ve got a day at Six Flags booked for some rollercoaster fun, an afternoon of kayaking in the lakes near Cape Cod, and plenty of time to wander and explore the towns we will be staying in before we head …

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The day of boxing

It’s over. Another year and you’ve survived Christmas Day. Well done! For some Christmas can be an ordeal, a day to be gotten through. For others it’s a day to savour and enjoy. Whatever type of Christmas Day you had, it’s over now. Boxing Day is a day for leftovers if you have them (trifle for breakfast!) and lazing around in front of the TV. Maybe you’ll go for a walk, maybe you’ll visit some friends, or maybe you’ll simply relax and enjoy the fact that the ‘big day’ has passed once more. I’ll be doing all of the above; trifle for breakfast, then a walk to a friends house. However you spend these festive days, I hope you are …

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Rotterdam or anywhere

I need some time off work. The last week I had off was in June and whilst life as a contractor means no worky = no money, I know I need some downtime. So I’ve booked the middle week of October off and I’m planning to try and get away somewhere. Where? Well that’s the thing, I don’t really care where, I only really care about how much it’ll cost me. I’m thinking a 3-4 night city break (mid-week) and so far places like Prague and Budapest are at the top of the list (and, oddly Milan, cheap flights FTW). However, part of me is tempted to wait until the first weekend (the 15th) and then try and book a …

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Back from Tunisia

We did done a holiday! We had a few simple criteria for our holiday. It needed to be under Β£500 each, it needed to be somewhere hot and sunny, and ideally it needed to be all inclusive. After various online searches, we had it narrowed down to a week in Cyprus, or a week in Tunisia. Icelolly.com helped keep the price to just under Β£400 pp and we ended up picking Tunisia as it was a bit different (and Kirsty has been to Cyprus before). It’s safe to say we lucked out and had a fantastic holiday! We stayed at a hotel that was built in the 1970s, built in the style of an old Medina, mostly two stories tall …

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Roll on the holidays

For various historical and religious reasons, none of which I pay much heed to, I will be on holiday from this Friday through to Tuesday the 3rd of May. Given that it’s only costing me three days from my holiday allowance, then it’s almost like a free holiday. Part of that time will involve a trip to Skye, which I’m really looking forward to as I’ve never been that far north on the west coast of Scotland. My camera is primed, the USB stick of moosick is full (8GB of very random tuneage), and Kirsty and I are really looking forward to it. After that it will be a lazy time for the most part, a well deserved break and …

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Lego Advent

Mumsy knows me well, she knows I am still a big kid and so she bought me a Lego Advent calendar. It’s AWESOME! (if somewhat random…). Each window has a little lego kit to build, all of which will come together and, well, I’m not really sure they WILL all come together, like I said, it’s all a bit random… And looks like this: And no, I don’t know what everything is but I don’t care. I got to play with Lego every day!

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Home again, home again

I’m currently operating on about 4.5hrs sleep having landed earlier this morning and suffering the return of the 6.30 alarm. Spain was warm, sunny for the most part, a little misty some mornings, blowing a gale for two of the days and we saw a beautiful lightning storm rage over the Mediterranean. I read books (more on those later), drank beer, sang at the karaoke (a rare event, I was quite spectacularly drunk mind you), sunbathed and did pretty much bugger all for the entire week. I couldn’t half do with a siesta right now though. Aside from a vigorous can of cider erupting all over my sister on the plane on the way there, and my sister-in-law deciding to …

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Panic!

There is a sense of mild, but controlled, panic in the air. I’ve only just realised that, a week today, we’ll be flying to Spain for a week in the sun. Don’t quite know how this has taken me by surprise but there you have it. All of a sudden I’m in the “pre-holiday zone” where every choice of t-shirt needs to be carefully considered, and the locating of cables, chargers and other sundry essentials starts in earnest. That said, we are taking hand luggage only, and all I’ll need are: 7 Books – already stacked and ready to go. 5 t-shirts – I have so many t-shirts that I’ll just take whatever I pick up on Monday morning 4 …

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